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NEXT WEEK: Payadora Tango Ensemble

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Live from Clark's Studio

Opera, traditional music and carols mark borough’s bond with Ukraine


Celebrating People From London: Gene Lockhart

The Black Musical Tradition: Iconic Black Voices

Meet the First Nations students who scored an interview with actor Ryan Reynolds

Queer creator blends Shakespeare with iconic music of Pat Benatar

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Hawksley Workman is a JUNO Award-winning and Gold Record certified singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Since his ground-breaking self-produced indie debut For Him and The Girls (1999) through to chart-topping singles of 2020, Hawksley has careened between major label international smash hits to Canadiana soaked indie releases. Boasting a catalogue of 17 solo records, Hawksley’s genre defying style strings together folk, chart pop and irrepressible cabaret. His show-stopping vocals on songs about weather, love, heartbreak and tales of end-times have garnered him a league of devoted fans.

Performing over a thousand shows worldwide, Hawksley has headlined prestigious venues like Massey Hall and The Olympia in Paris. For a uniquely Canadian artist Hawksley has built loyal fan bases in the UK, France, Norway and Australia launching many successful tours, demystifying and delighting fans while drawing on an enviable catalogue of mischievous favourites, glammy stompers and heartfelt hymns to small town Canada.



DECEMBER 17, 2022

7:30 p.m.


This December, the Good Lovelies will once again be taking their annual Christmas show across Ontario and bringing their classic holiday songs, timeless winter selections, and original material to London!

Accompanying the Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Susan Passmore) is a stunning backing band of some of Canada’s finest musicians. As a six-piece ensemble, this band will have you tapping your feet, laughing, and singing along by the end of the show. This is a must-see concert.

The Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and has since compiled a catalogue of studio albums, EPs, a live album and a Christmas collection. They have toured extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, UK, and Australia and have earned a JUNO Award, a Juno Nomination and four Canadian Folk Music Awards along the way.


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Artist and creator Anya Romanenko was a special guest of the Aeolian's Concert for Peace, a two night fundraiser for the International Red Cross in support of refugees and others trapped by the war in Ukraine. The Aeolian is proud to offer a selection of Anya's work as part of the Fall Art Show 2022.

Interested buyers can view the work online, at the Hall during a performance, during Box Office hours or by appointment by calling 519-672-7590.

Anya is currently caring for three nephews, separated from their parents and displaced as a result of the war.

Anya Romanenko studied at Repin School of Fine Arts in her native Ukraine. During this time, Anya also received a degree in Architecture. Her educational background is reflected in the structural nature of her compositions, yet it is softened by the free-spirited, dreamy and often humorous nature of the subjects depicted within her pieces.

Anya’s paintings have always reflected personal and intimate subject matters. Life events, travels, loves and losses, and mostly family make for a wide variety of stories that she generously shares with her viewers. As Anya’s art evolves and progresses, new characters enter her canvases bringing with them new dreams and experiences.





DECEMBER 21, 2022

5:00 p.m.


We’ve got bells on and good cheer to share!

Put on your Holiday Best; Glitz and Glamour or Plaid and Jeans (or Leather)

Start Time: 5 p.m.

End Time: “Who knows?”

Location: Downstairs Lounges at 795 Dundas St.

Entry: Through Garden Gate on Dundas St.


Pride Tree: Bring an ornament if you can and we’ll decorate and celebrate our Community Pride Tree!

Rodway Sing-along Christmas Songs


Reindeer Games

Holiday Treats

Can’t wait to celebrate with you!



JANUARY 20, 2023

7:00 p.m.


Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. While his instructions were received from his immediate family and community, from extended family in every part of the world, Kevin has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each can draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage.




DECEMBER 23, 2022

7:00 p.m.



Each musician is a star soloist in their own right. Playing together has allowed them to develop and mature turning Payadora into a superstar group.” The Whole Note

Payadora is a contemporary chamber music ensemble that performs Argentinian/Uruguayan tango and folk music and original compositions inspired by that tradition. Payadora has self produced two albums and has developed a loyal following across Canada over the past six years. The ensemble balances a combination of virtuosity and creativity, with stylistic accuracy. The ensemble features a collection of some of the most respected chamber musicians in Canada. Founded in 2013, Payadora has become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Their broad scope in tango draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

Their recordings are played regularly on Jazz FM’s Cafe Latino and Classical 96.3. The Argentinean consulate recently made a video in support of Payadora showcasing interviews and live videos from Payadora’s concerts. In addition, Payadora is the featured ensemble in the 2019 documentary “The Sounds of Canada: Argentina.”




FEBRUARY 13, 2023

The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, and for their consummate musicianship, drawing both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations.

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MARCH 25 & 26, 2023

When Matt Andersen steps on stage, he brings a lifetime of music to every note he plays. His latest album, The Big Bottle of Joy, is all about hard-won celebration; a dozen songs infused with raw blues-rock, rollicking Americana, thoughtful folk, and ecstatic gospel. Andersen’s stage presence, buoyed by his spectacular live band (also called The Big Bottle of Joy), is informed by decades of cutting his teeth in dusty clubs, dim-lit bars, and grand theatres all over the world, delivering soulful performances that run the gamut from intimate to wall-shaking.

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APRIL 16, 2023

“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.

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MAY 25, 2023

Whitehorse is the prolific partnership of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet. Uninhibited by expectation, boldly adventurous and categorically talented, Whitehorse’s signature sound is always guitar-heavy, harmony-plentiful and lyrically deft.

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Pride Holiday Social Extravaganza


Hawksley Workman


Good Lovelies Christmas Tour



Payadora Tango Ensemble


Newport Electric Album Release


Peter Karle Combo: Any Colour You Like



Big Bandemic & The Crooners


King's Singers


André Bisson



Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy (Saturday)


Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy (Sunday)


It's Too Late to Stop Now



Stephen Fearing & The Sentimentals


Harry Manx







El Sistema Aeolian presented a fantastic Holiday concert on Thursday December 15th at our Aeolian Education Campus. The concert featured many holiday classics from a wide array of ensembles, from Beginner Strings, Intermediate Cellos, and Ionian Orchestra to our Dorian and Phrygian Orchestras, various Brass and Woodwind ensembles, our very own teacher String Quartet, and our Glee and Full Choirs. The evening ended off with a lively orchestration of Irving Berlin’s Happy Holiday Merry Mambo orchestrated and conducted by Bruce Hoadley. In a fun gesture, Bruce invited some audience members to join and play bells with the orchestra for an encore performance of the mambo. It was truly a warm and festive evening. Congratulations to our students and teachers for their dedication and hard work. A big thank you to our volunteers who assisted with the concert and food. We continue our holiday performances on Saturday December 17th at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.

This past week we have also been running our sheet music sale of thousands of scores for all instruments. Many community members have come through to find a vast amount of scores of many well-known but also less well-known scores and composers.


This week we bring you a number of pieces performed live by our Executive and Artistic Director, Mr. Clark Bryan.

Clark has performed and recorded a piece of music almost every day since COVID closed The Aeolian's doors in March 2021. In doing so, he has helped to ensure that music does not go silent in these unusual and challenging times. We are reopened now... but Clark still makes time for this important contribution to our community.

The arts can be seen as a luxury for those who have the time or the money to enjoy them, but our goal has always been to provide universal access to music.






Clark Bryan, Pianist. Recorded 2022.



Clark Bryan, Pianist. Recorded 2022.



Clark Bryan, Pianist. Recorded 2022.

“Music has the power to make us feel whole, to console, to reckon, to unite and has even started revolutions. Music brings us into the moment and reminds us that at the core of our soul is a creative spark. That creativity is really the act of living.”

- S. Clark Bryan

Opera, traditional music and carols mark borough’s bond with Ukraine

The borough's bond with the people of Ukraine was marked by arias, traditional music and dance in a fabulous recital at St Mary's Church.

The borough's Ukrainian Social Club, in association with Discover Twickenham BID, presented an evening of classical music and dance.

The concert featured Maryana Bodnar, soloist at the National Operetta of Ukraine, who brought a magnificent blend of British and Ukrainian Christmas favourites, accompanied by pianist chamber music partner Evgenia Startseva.

She was joined by Richmond's own Cantanti Camerati chamber choir, bringing the splendour and majesty of English music.

And there were several other Ukrainian performers, including Bandurist Duo 'Dvi Doli', and the Ukrainian folk dance ensemble 'Stefania'.

The borough has played a crucial role in supporting the people of Ukraine through The Prosperity Café in Twickenham, which has been the hub of a massive relief effort, sending tens of thousands of pounds worth of vital clothing and equipment to the war-torn country.

Volunteer, Cathy Cooper, said: "We spent Xmas in the company of Ukraine's finest with opera arias, traditional music, dance, mulled wine and mince pies. And then snow as we left St Mary's Church. A truly gorgeous evening."


Our History: Our Future


Each week, the Aeolian looks back at our history, and forward to our future in a search for equality for all people. We ask "why," we celebrate successes, and we remember there is still much work to be done. Love and respect or our fellow human beings is the only path that promises peace, equality and human dignity.

We are proud to bring you Aeolian's Community Portal. This is and will continue to be a work in progress where we archive stories important to the voices we have featured here each week in the Our History: Our Future column. We will advocate for the rights of Canada's Indigenous people, the LGBTQ2 community and support the Black Lives Matter movement. Not just a repository of historical information, we will also include coming events, online resources, and stories and videos that shine light on the challenges to and achievements of the movement toward equality.

We cannot do this alone. We want to hear from you and include your stories. If you are represented by this portal and have a story to tell, write us. We welcome submissions and would be happy to interview you or research a topic or event that has not been covered. The more we know, the more our readers know, the better we can understand each other as humans who are equal, humans who have dignity, and humans that deserve to have their stories honored.

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This Week...

Gene Lockhart

Gene Lockhart was born on July 18, 1891, in London, Ontario, Canada, the son of John Coates Lockhart and Ellen Mary (Delany) Lockhart. His father had studied singing and young Gene displayed an early interest in drama and music. Shortly after the 7-year-old danced a Highland fling in a concert given by the 48th Highlanders' Regimental Band, his father joined the band as a Scottish tenor. The Lockhart family accompanied the band to England.

While his father toured, Gene studied at the Brompton Oratory School in London. When they returned to Canada, Gene began singing in concert, often on the same program with Beatrice Lillie. His mother encouraged his career, urging him to try for a part on Broadway. Lockhart went to America. At 25, he got a part in a New York play in September, 1917, as Gustave in Klaw and Erlanger's musical "The Riviera Girl." Between acting engagements, he wrote for the stage.

His first production was "The Pierrot Players" for which he wrote both book and lyrics and played. It toured Canada in 1919 and introduced "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" (words by Lockhart, music by Ernest Seitz), which became a very popular ballad.. "Heigh-Ho" (1920) followed, a musical fantasy with score by Deems Taylor and book and lyrics by Lockhart. It had a short run (again, with him in the cast). Lockhart's first real break as a dramatic actor came in the supporting role of Bud, a mountaineer moonshiner, in Lula Vollmer's Sun Up (1939). This was an American folk play, first presented by The Players, a theatrical club, in a Greenwich Village little theater in 1923. After great notices it moved to a larger house for a two-year run. During this engagement, in 1924 at the age of 33, Lockhart married Kathleen Lockhart (aka Kathleen Arthur), an English actress and musician.



Music has always been about shared experiences in life. For any emotion one feels, it's relatively easy to find a corresponding song. The same holds true with society where groups of people share songs to connect on a deeper level.










Meet the First Nations students who scored an interview with actor Ryan Reynolds

While Ryan Reynolds might not impress Shania Twain, he sure impressed students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School Wednesday when they interviewed him.

The high-profile interview stemmed from a collaboration between the school's media class and CBC Thunder Bay, where CBC journalists come to the school once a week. Students are taught about the inner workings of the media industry and create their own story ideas.

Student Chief Derek Monias, from Sandy Lake First Nation, helmed the interview, speaking with Reynolds for more than 30 minutes over Zoom.

"[I'm] starstruck, emotional, amazed. So many different emotions. I'm so happy right now," Monias said right after the interview finished.

"At first I was so nervous because we're meeting a big celebrity. But then eventually ... he felt like a friend," Monias said. "It felt like it was just us in that moment."

Reynolds, who logged in from New York City, told Monias he agreed to do the interview because, for him, it was a small effort, but for Monias, it could help his career.

"For me, it's, what is it, 30 minutes of chatting with a young, upstart journalist who I hope will one day be kind to me when you're in the big leagues," Reynolds said.

"You land an interview with me, now you'll go after someone else and be able to say, 'well, Ryan did it.'"

The school serves students from remote fly-in First Nations in northwestern Ontario, who travel to Thunder Bay to study each year.

Greg Chomut teaches the media class at Dennis Franklin Cromarty and said the idea to get Reynolds as a potential interviewee snowballed when the crew started thinking about people they wanted to interview.

"And it came to Ryan Reynolds. None of us really thought it was going to happen, but Derek really wanted to make the pitch to Ryan Reynolds, and we were encouraging [students] to kind of get crazy with it. And we sent out a tweet and … he responded right away."

With a response from Reynolds, the media club got started right away on working up questions, figuring out the logistics for the interview, and ensuring everyone had a role when the time came.

"There was a role for everybody, big and small. The quieter, more shy students were helping the elders and greeting people at the door and holding up signs for Derek. And some of the more confident outspoken ones had roles that fit that. So it was a really cool experience," said Chomut.

Jolene Banning is a journalist from Fort William First Nation and is an instructor with the club, alongside CBC Thunder Bay's Mary-Jean Cormier.

Banning said she is beyond happy for the students and everything they've accomplished during the media club, especially making the goal and achieving it.

"There was a few times, during the interview, where I really thought I was going to tear up because I was just so proud of everything that Derek had accomplished and the way he was handling the interview. It just, it made me feel so proud," Banning said.

With the media club, it's important for all the students to know there are different roles that people play and that everyone has a place regardless if they're shy or more outspoken, Banning said.

Banning said she became involved with helping the media club because she wanted students to know they have a voice and show them how they can use it for stories, and how these skills can help them in the world.

"The other important part for me was just letting these students know that we really believe in them, that we really support their dreams and that we really want them to succeed and be cheerleaders for them the whole way," said Banning.

Monias and Reynolds spoke on a range of topics from Deadpool, the contribution Reynolds makes to First Nation communities across Canada, and Shania Twain's name drop in her famous song That Don't Impress Me Much during a December performance.

Monias also asked Reynolds if he would be interested in coming to Wake the Giant, the annual music festival welcoming students to Thunder Bay each September. To the delight of the student audience, he said it's something he'd like to do if he can make it.

After the interview was finished, Monias and the team congratulated each other and Monias said he was impressed that Reynolds was interested in the questions, and he loved that Reynolds is learning about First Nations culture.

"It seemed like he took just the time out of his day, his busy schedule, just to talk to us. And we all crafted questions," Monias said, "And I noticed a lot of my original questions were in there. And I'm so glad that we liked them. And I'm so glad that we had a big, nice, big class to help us."


Queer creator blends Shakespeare with iconic music of Pat Benatar

For millions of GenX-ers, the music of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo – Benatar’s longtime lead guitarist, collaborator, and producing partner, and her husband since 1982 – has been an iconic generational touchstone for more than four decades. This might be especially true for queer GenXers, who found inspiration during their formative years in the defiant spirit that resonated through many of the duo’s songs.

One of those queer GenXers was Bradley Bredeweg, the out co-creator of another queer touchstone, television’s “The Fosters,” which became a hit for five seasons on FreeForm with its story of a lesbian couple raising five adopted children. Now, Bredeweg – a self-described “theater kid” – is helping to bring Benatar and Giraldo’s music to a new generation of rebellious youth with “Invincible,” a new musical that intricately weaves the couple’s legendary catalogue with inspired new songs to re-imagine Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the 21st century.

“When I got into writing for television, I realized that I missed the equal exchange that happens between the people on the stage and the audience,” explains Bredeweg, who spoke with the Blade ahead of his show’s Nov. 22 opening at Beverly Hills’ Wallis Center for the Performing Arts. “I love film and television, obviously, I’m so grateful for it, but after a couple of years of doing it, I was like, ‘I miss that inner theater child, so I’m gonna moonlight.’”

The result of his “moonlighting” turns Shakespeare’s classic Verona setting into a modern, war-torn metropolis, and places his timeless tale of star-crossed lovers in a time of great transformation. Love and equality are forced to battle for survival as a newly elected chancellor works to return the city to its traditional roots and destroy a progressive resistance that is trying to imagine peace in a divided world – and if you think that sounds familiar, it’s by design. Its current run at the Wallis is its world premiere, but if things go as hoped, this is just the first step toward Broadway.

According to Bredeweg, however, it’s far from the beginning of his show’s journey.

“About 12 years ago, I realized I hadn’t read ‘Romeo and Juliet’ since high school and decided to read it again,” he tells us. “The next day I had to take a road trip – this was back in the era when I still had a CD book in my car – and I came across the “Best of” album of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, so I popped it in and started driving. And because the story was obviously fresh in my head, I was listening to all these songs and realizing that if you line them up a certain way they totally tell the tale of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ I wrote a first draft a couple of weeks later and then I just put it away and forgot about it.”

Much later, in 2015, he walked into a Los Feliz bar called the Rockwell (“It was this really cool kind of spot that we don’t have a lot of in LA, because we’re not a theatrical town”), where cabaret performances were sometimes mounted by visiting Broadway talent and Jeff Goldblum would do a gig every Wednesday night. Inspired by the vibe, he suddenly remembered, “this thing I had come up with all those years ago” and impulsively pitched the idea of putting it on to the bar’s manager. I said, ‘I’ve got this crazy idea where I want to combine Shakespeare with Pat Benatar,’ and she said, ‘That’s insane, but I’m a huge fan of your show and I love it, so let’s do it.’”

This early incarnation (then called “Love is a Battlefield”) was an unprecedented hit, enjoying a six-month run to sold out houses – that is, until Benatar and Giraldo’s manager attended a performance and recorded a video of the whole thing on his iPhone. He showed it to Benatar and Giraldo, and they were intrigued; but at the time, unbeknownst to Bredeweg, they were working on developing their own life story as a musical using their songs, so they sent a “cease and desist” letter to the Rockwell and the show was forced to shut down.

“It was heartbreaking, for all of us,” says Bredeweg, “because we knew we had something with real potential.”

Then, a year later, he got a call from a producer who told him Benatar and Giraldo wanted him to come to New York and discuss his musical.

“Of course, I said yes and got myself there immediately. We took a meeting on their tour bus, and we started talking about the musical they were developing, and suddenly we all started to move in the direction of doing ‘Love is a Battlefield.’ By the end of it we were all laughing about how we had started out with a ‘cease and desist’ order and here we were talking about coming together to do a show.”

In part, says Bredeweg, the couple was convinced to change course by their discussion of the proliferation of so-called “jukebox musicals” that have increasingly populated Broadway in recent years.

“We talked about how they have a shelf life, especially if they’re focused on a specific artist. They have a built-in audience, but beyond that, how can they stand the test of time? The real test of a timeless musical is if, in 40 years, every high school is doing it. I think that’s why we went back to using their iconic music to reinvent this epic, timeless tale.”

Another part of the appeal was how aptly the couple’s songs fit into Shakespeare’s classic – a coincidence, perhaps, but one that might be better described as synchronicity.

“When Pat and Neil met back in the late ‘70s it was supposed to just be a working relationship, but they fell head over heels in love with each other,” Bredeweg says. “When I got close to them, they told me they had been called the ‘Romeo and Juliet of the music world’ because the labels and managers and PR people were trying to break them up. They wanted Pat to stand on their own and Neil to just be her producing partner, and so much of what the two of them were creating at that time was about that struggle, about fighting that music industry system and saying, ‘let us figure this out for ourselves.’ That’s why so much of their music works inside of this story.”

For Bredeweg, the chance to realize his vision struck an intensely personal chord, too.

“I was always obsessed with the classics, but as a gay kid growing up in the ‘80s, I knew I felt different from everyone else, and as much as I loved them, I couldn’t really ‘attach’ to any character inside them. Nothing felt familiar to me, everything was from the point of view of a white cisgender person – and I always had these dreams, if I ever had any say, that I would love to tackle these classics in a different way and reposition them for a more diverse audience.”

In keeping with this mission, “Invincible” doesn’t just make Verona into a more modern city, but a more diverse one as well. The Capulet and Montague houses are run by the women, whose husbands are both dead; Romeo’s chum Benvolio is nonbinary, and falls in love with Juliet’s nurse; Juliet’s cousin Tybalt is secretly in love with her would-be husband, Paris; Paris himself is the city’s new chancellor, seeking the marriage as a means to control the vast Capulet fortune and deploy it to shore up his political power. In Bredeweg’s updated take on the tale, it’s a story about powerful men with powerful motives, with a matriarchy fighting against the traditional patriarchy and a younger generation trying to take control of its own destiny – and to ensure that it includes the freedom to love who they want.

“That’s obviously something the queer community can really understand,” says Bredweg. “We’ve been there and done that, the fight for marriage equality is all about that. It’s very much at the center of the show, and it was a big reason why I wanted to tackle the story, why I’ve rewritten so many characters with queer identities – taking these figures we thought we knew and giving them a more modern point of view.”

“Our culture is shifting in such huge ways,” he continues. “It goes back to my experience of not being able to find myself in these old tales. We are looking at our past, and pieces of art or the written world, or things in our politics, and we’re trying to reinvent these pinnacle moments in a way to make sure that history doesn’t always repeat, to move forward in different directions that are better for all of us. Especially the younger generations – they’ve stepped into this world where they’ve had no say in how chaotic things feel, and they are trying to take control of their identities and their path forward. That’s really what’s at the heart of our show.”

“Invincible” is not, of course, the first time “Romeo and Juliet” has been deconstructed and rebuilt as a musical; apart from the obvious example of “West Side Story,” the recent London import “& Juliet,” now a hot ticket on Broadway, presents an alternative version of the story in which the title character doesn’t kill herself, set to the music of pop songwriter Max Martin – responsible for hits from Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and Céline Dion, among others.

Bredeweg isn’t worried about the competition.

“I never think about that kind of thing,” he tells us. “There’s always room for interpretation with classics of this stature. There’s space for both.”

His production, of course, has the added advantage of showcasing the music of two deeply beloved icons whose recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has catapulted their names back into the public arena in a big way – not that they were ever very far out of it.

For Bredeweg, though, the Benatar/Giraldo connection has always been much more than just a way to make his show marketable. It’s the whole reason “Invincible” even exists.

“Pat captured my heart as a young gay kid for obvious reasons. There was something about her music, and her energy and messaging.

“It made me feel that if someone as powerful as her could exist, then I could, too.”




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